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Regional tourism organisations observing protocols on mosquito-borne diseases
Published on January 26, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the zika as well as dengue and chikungunya viruses

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The public-sector-led Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and its private sector counterpart, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said on Monday that they were observing national, regional and international health protocols in dealing with mosquito-borne viral diseases found in tropical countries.

In a statement on the zika virus, the CTO and CHTA said they were in close contact with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to monitor and research the zika cases that had surfaced in some Caribbean destinations, and to communicate prevention and control measures to residents and visitors.

Public health authorities in the Caribbean are working diligently to mitigate the effects of the zika virus. Zika, also known as ZIKV, is spread primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

With more than 700 islands in 30 territories in the Caribbean, conditions will vary from one nation to another, the CTO noted.

The CTO and CHTA will continue to monitor all developments related to mosquito-borne viral diseases and to support appropriate communication, education and prevention initiatives, the statement said.
 
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